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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Shots

I just love the little quips and quotes that are on a whiteboard at the place where I exercise. This week's was: "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting." Could that be more apropos of the last few blog posts? Some of the "big shots" who love to intimidate , argue, call names and bluster are still on my blog. They are still saying nasty things and it doesn't bother them one little bit. I am blown away by this kind of behavior. I just don't hang around with people like this. You know some of these folks. They bluster and sometimes they are gruff- usually very confident in themselves and in their opinions and pretty sure that you are wrong no matter what. Rather than fight back, it's easier to retreat and not say anything because fighting it out is an exercise in futility. What's the point? As I have said before, my purpose is not to persuade the folks who are so angry and entrenched that they won't change no matter what I write. I am writing for people who are interested in common sense to get "on board" and ride the train with me and others who feel that we can actually reduce and prevent gun injuries and deaths.

Here is one woman who is "riding the train" to D.C. on the coattails of the recent Republican wins in Congress. This video ran on the Rachel Maddow Show the other night to alert us to who is coming to Washington D.C. in January. It's very hard to imagine that this conservative talk show host will now be the Chief of Staff of one of Florida's new Congressmen, Allen West. Did people realize what they were doing when they elected this man? I wonder if Joyce Kaufman will continue running her mouth off in this fashion? It should make for some interesting times and certainly not for any compromising. And she is quite sure she is a big shot. Really? I think not. I find her to fit right into the above quote: Joyce is a big shot who is really just a little shot who keeps shooting off her mouth. Hopefully that is all that is shot off. It sounds to me like it's " my way or the highway" mentality. Our country has too many serious problems for people like this to be taken seriously. What is the matter with us? Let's try to solve some real problems and quit talking about violent solutions. How much violent talk will we allow before we realize that something is wrong with our national love affair with guns? This is not common sense in any sense of the imagination.


  1. Japete, I was surprised to see that my post below did not get accepted on a previous thread in response to gun show legislation. It meets all your listed criteria for no name calling, common sense, and is even “on board” with background checks. So here it is again:

    Here is the thing about your “gun show loophole”. Let’s say you get all the national gunshow regulation law that you are asking for. Now those same Bloomberg under cover guys now go up to the private seller, settle on a firearm and price, but instead of finalizing the transaction, they agree to meet around the corner after the show is over. You now have a private transaction out side of the bounds of the gunshow and outside of the laws that you specifically constrained to a gunshow. What are you going to call that “loophole”, and what is your next logic step to close said “loophole”?

    The reason I opposed this gunshow talk is because I want to see the right to sell your private property protected (as well as protecting gun shows themselves). I see this law as having a natural progression to ban private sales (it is how you close “the parking lot loophole”), yet I am not opposed to background checks. This is why I encourage opening the NICS system for all private sales. Many other gun owners support this, as I know you have seen here. This covers far more transactions than just gun shows, and does not allow for the above scenario. This is the side of common sense. Please, please just think hard about this. Ask the people you work with their opinion, and if they oppose it- ask why, and share with us on your blog. This seems to be place of common ground for our two sides where we can work together. Granted there are some gun owners who will oppose any and all background checks, but having some on your side will go a lot father than most gun control proposals which are universally hated by most gun owners.

  2. So let me see if I have this right. You are proposing NICS checks on all private sales, no matter where? If that is the case, I'm on board and I know most of the folks with whom I work are as well. Our reason for staying with the gun shows only is because we have met stiff resistance to broadening the checks to all private sales. In Minnesota, our background check bill included a certain number of feet into the parking lots as well as inside the gun show itself. It didn't pass. Please let me know if I have interpreted what you said correctly. If you actually think there is support for this by folks on your side, you would get a great reception from folks on my side of the issue.

  3. You just might be surprised how much support there is. Please let this comment through as I have never insulted you on a personal level yet I have questioned your policies.

    You could get universal background checks passed tomorrow if you wanted. All you have to do is push for shall issue CCW in the few remaining States and have the presentation of a current valid CCW permit count as passing the NICS check.

    Let's look at the current situation realistically.

    You claim that as many as 40% of gun sales are private sales which do not and can not go through the NICS because private sellers don't have the phone # to call to have the NICS performed.

    If NICS is opened up to private sellers and required, then the volume of NICS will increase by 40%, if your figures are correct.

    So let's compromise since it is unlikey the FBI department responsible for conducting the NICS will automatically receive a 40% increase in funding for the agents who conduct the NICS.

    In order to obtain my Concealed Handgun License, I had to first...

    Pass a local county background check for any disqualifying factors.

    Then pass a State wide check for disqualifying factors.

    Then pass a Federal level check for disqualifying factors.

    Then pass an international check for disqualifying factors through InterPol.

    If you simply want to keep guns out of "the wrong hands," I think I've complied with that goal by submitting myself to the above checks and providing my fingerprints and thumbprints to local authorities.

    By presenting my current and valid CHL/CCW permit, I have demonstrated that I've already gone through the NICS process and beyond.

    Allowing current valid CHL/CCW permit holders to bypass a secondary check will reduce the volume of NICS performed and keep the balance already stated as needed.

    Can we agree on this this?

    This is the true nature of compromise and I hope you can embrace the logic of my proposal.

    Think about it. You really can have universal background checks tomorrow, if your willing to compromise.

    What say you?

  4. If you want to change gun laws, you have several strategies.

    You can continue as you have, asking for more and more restrictions on legitimate owners, while being unwilling to give anything up You will of course have the opposition of legitimate gun owners, and are likely to continue to lose ground until there is a drastic leftwards shift in the political makeup of Congress.

    You can resign yourself to no progress in the current political climate, and conserve resources until the climate changes

    Or you can try compromise. Meaningful compromise-often what some of you call compromise is asking us to accept only some of your proposals instead of all of them. What I mean is that if you want a new law, look through existing laws for things you would be willing to give up in exchange. I posted some of the laws I consider nonsensical. Are all those laws more important to you than background checks at gun shows?

    If there is no existing law you are willing to give up and we don't believe your proposals will reduce crime, why should we give anything up?

  5. Yes, but only if private citizens can use the NICS with a call in number or website. It is private sales that I would like to see preserved by not having to go through an FFL (provided the transfer is within the same state). I think there is a lot of support for that, but not everyone.

  6. I will not be answering comments for a while. My mother passed away this morning.

  7. I'm sorry to hear that. My condolences.

    Please take care, and be well.

  8. Condolences for your loss, Joan. Our differences don't matter in a time such as this.

  9. I am very sorry to hear about your mother. My condolences to you and your family.

  10. I am truly sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Japete. Having nearly lost my own mother to ovarian cancer a few years ago, I can imagine how hard it must be for you. Please accept my condolences.

  11. Very sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent now.


  12. Thanks guys for you words of sympathy. I appreciate it.

  13. So sorry to hear about your mother. I don't know the circumstances, but my prayers are with you and your family. Political debates can wait ...

  14. Every death is a loss. Remember that it is needful cry, the depth of our sorrow is a meaningful measure to the life now passed. It always hurts to lose a good person, and hopefully the good memories will carry you and your family forward into healing.

  15. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  16. japete, I'm sorry to read about your mother's passing. All the best.